There is an important idea that comes with being a writer and that is creating your own voice for your readers. Having a voice that allows your readers to continue to read your work is crucial in order to be successful as a professional writer. Social media has grown to a level that celebrities, writers, journalists, politicians, the list goes on have a constant audience that they are able to reach out and be connected with, but when it comes to having an audience that is constantly checking in to see what you have to say.
I remember when I first began writing, it was much more simpler to just write about what we read in a book or what we have been learning in history class that week. But now, I am 22 years old and I am getting a degree to become a professional in writing for an always hungry for more audience. Knowing your audience and keeping them enthralled it tough, but there are a few simple steps you can take to keep them interested. These are 10 simple steps any writer can take to find their voice.
- Read everything
- Write everything
- Copy the best
- Play games
- Challenge your preconceptions
- Dare to be dreadful
- Write from passion
- Take risks
- Remember that complacency is your enemy
- Remember that fear is your best friend
These 10 steps can be found on hollyisle.com, but why these are important to remember when focusing on finding your voice is actually quite simple. All these steps have a common theme, focusing on ones self. That is the crucial thing to finding your voice in your writing, by knowing exactly who you are. By knowing who you are for certain positions in the news and media, you allow yourself to have a better knowledge and stance. From there, your audience can further enjoy your readings and even help you grow your audience even more.
I am not saying that it is simple to find your writing voice, but you do need to put the work in to figure it out. It could be as easy as practicing your writing. It might mean trying various exercises to find the style of voice you are looking for. I like to make my writings as conversational as I can make it, without losing the sense of credibility that a professional writer must earn with their audience. What do these traits tell your audience about your character? What naturally flows from your fingertips as you write these statements? You can find out a lot about your writing voice by writing everything that comes to mind. By writing what’s natural. Just remember to keep writing.